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Selected readings (forums 2008-2009 on risk assessment and mainstreaming)

The following is a non-exhaustive list of suggested reading materials relevant to the discussion topics. The purpose of this list is to assist in the discussions. The views expressed therein do not reflect the views of the Secretariat.

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The Table of Contents is as follows: Introduction THEME A: Identifying and Establishing Poverty-Environment Links in PRSPs THEME B: Degree of Participation THEME C: Measurement and Evaluation THEME D: Policy Coherence THEME E: Review and Revision Process Method of Scoring Computing the Overall Performance for a Country Appendix 1. Key questions used in reviewing PRSP performance Overarching questions Key questions Ownership and Participation Content of Strategies Donor Assistance and Partnerships Implementation of Strategies Constraints Appendix 2. World Bank methodology for evaluating environmental performance of PRSPs
The Table of Contents is as follows: Introduction Executive Summary Session 1: Opening and Introduction Session 2: Introduction and Objectives of the Workshop Session 3: Country experiences with mainstreaming Ghana’s experience with Strategic Environmental Assessment Mali’s experience with Local Environment Action Plans China’s experience with Mainstreaming Environment with a particular focus on Drylands(Desertification) Issues into Development Frameworks Morocco : l’integration environnementale dans les politiques publiques de developpement au Maroc instruments institutionnels et financiers Tanzania’ experience Tanzania’s experience with mainstreaming environment into national development processes Kenya’s experience with mainstreaming environment with a particular focus on drylands into national development frameworks Benin – Mainstreaming of Environment in the Poverty Growth Reduction Strategy Jordan: Land Use Management Synthesis of the Plenary Discussions Session 4: Global Lessons Learnt on Mainstreaming Session 5: Presentation on generic guidelines for environment mainstreaming with a particular focus on drylands Session 6 - Group Presentations Session 7: Partnership Framework Closing Remarks Annex 1: Group Presentations Annex 2: Provisional Agenda Annex 3: List of Participants
Paper Summary: UNDP and UNEP, in partnership with ADB and UNESCAP, organized a 2 day workshop on environmental mainstreaming for poverty reduction and sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific. Some 55 representatives from Planning, Finance, and Environment Ministries of national governments (Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, PNG, Thailand and Vietnam), and from UN and other agencies attended the meeting. The workshop was followed by country consultations and agency meetings, which produced a detailed roadmap for different poverty-environment and mainstreaming initiatives. The workshop focused on four dimensions of mainstreaming: National, sectoral, sub-national and budgetary planning. Country presentations provided overviews of the policy and institutional frameworks for development planning and environmental management and highlighted opportunities, challenges and constraints. Plenary discussions and break-out groups focused on good and bad practices and the way forward in terms of pro-poor environmental mainstreaming. All presentations and related documents have been posted on http://www.povertyenvironment.net.
From the Executive Summary This document is primarily intended for decision makers and development policy experts in donor organisations. It aims to clarify the linkages between the global environmental issues on the one hand, and sustainable development and poverty reduction on the other. It also aims to provide insights on how development co-operation agencies can support developing countries’ efforts to integrate responses to global environmental threats into their national poverty reduction and other development plans. We know from experience that the most effective assistance is that which supports country-led development programmes, and that builds on rather than substitutes for partners’ own efforts. Therefore, the analysis and the recommendations in this document are relevant for donors as well as their partners. It is hoped therefore that they will be of use to developing country policy makers. While this document concentrates on the three “Rio Conventions” – which concern climate change, loss of biodiversity and desertification, many of its findings apply equally to other global or regional environmental issues.
The Table of Contents is as follows: 1. Why is environmental health important in poverty reduction? Audience and Objectives Why Environmental Health Matters Environmental Health and Malnutrition Linkages Environmental Health and Poverty Cities and Urban Slums Environmental Health and Economic Growth Climate Change and Impacts on the Poor Targeting Poverty Reduction 2. Taking Stock of Environmental Health in Poverty Reduction Goals, Targets, and Strategies What do we find in Millennium Development Goal Reports (MDGRs)? What do we find in Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers? Challenges Associated with Placing Environmental Health Issues on the Development Agenda 3. Opportunities for Incorporating Environmental Health in Development Planning and Poverty Reduction Strategies 1. Analyzing the Linkages Between Environmental Health and Poverty 2. Prioritizing Environmental Health Issues 3. Assessing and Strengthening Institutional Capacity and Governance on Environmental Health Issues 4. Choosing Appropriate Environmental Health Interventions 5. Monitoring Process and Outcome Indicators 4. Building Longer-Term Constituencies to Support Poverty-Environment-Health Issues Awareness-raising and Communication Strategies Participation and Stakeholder Involvement Access to Justice 5. Moving Toward Action How Donors and NGOs can Support Government Efforts Conclusion
The Table of Contents is as follows: 1. Introduction and Background 1.1 Millennium Declaration & Millennium Development Goals 1.2 Rio Mandate for environmental integration and mainstreaming in UNDP 1.3 Rationale for and objectives of environmental mainstreaming 1.4 Environmental Mainstreaming Strategy Mandate 2. What is Environmental Mainstreaming? 2.1 Environmental mainstreaming in the context of UNDP core activities 2.2 Mainstreaming environment in other development agencies 2.3 Lessons learned: experiences from gender mainstreaming 3. Stock Taking: Environment Mainstreaming in UNDP Policy & Programming 3.1 Review of environment mainstreaming in UNDP 3.1.1 Past commitments 3.1.2 Development of programming instruments 3.1.3 Capacity development within UNDP 3.1.4 Situation at the Country Office level 3.2 Recent opportunities for environmental mainstreaming 3.3 Efforts to date to mainstreaming environment in operations processes 3.4 Lessons learned 4. Emerging Strategy – Key entry points and building blocks 4.1 Corporate strategies and policies 4.2 Programming guidance 4.2.1 Programming guidance for UNDP’s Energy and Environment Practice 4.2.2 Programming guidance for other practices 4.3 Operational processes 4.4 Monitoring, evaluation and reporting 5. The Emerging Action Plan 5.1 Policy 5.2 Programming 5.3 Operations